Brightwood (Washington, D.C.)

Brightwood (Washington, D.C.)

Brightwood (Washington, D.C.)

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Brightwood is a neighborhood located in the northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C. Brightwood and the rest of Ward 4 are represented in the Council of the District of Columbia by Muriel Bowser.

As with most neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., the boundaries of Brightwood are difficult to define. The Brightwood Community Association, an association of residents and business owners from the western part of Brightwood, define the neighborhood's boundaries as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Aspen Street to the north, 16th Street and Rock Creek Park to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east, and Kennedy Street to the south.. Brightwood Community Association. Retrieved January 18, 2008.. Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved August 15, 2009. Nearby neighborhoods include Shepherd Park and Takoma to the north, Manor Park to the east, and Sixteenth Street Heights and Petworth to the south.

The Brightwood neighborhood is home to significant historic sites, most notably Fort Stevens, a Civil War fortification that was attacked by 20,000 Confederate soldiers led by General Jubal Early during the Battle of Fort Stevens, July 11–12, 1864. The attack was repulsed, and the fort is partially preserved. The historic Fort Stevens cemetery is nearby.

Much of the retail in the neighborhood is located along Georgia Avenue. Although no Metrorail stations lie within the...
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